Mets right-hander Carlos Torres has cleared outright waivers and elected free agency, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN New York (via Twitter). He had been designated for assignment over a week ago. Rubin adds that pursuing an opportunity in Asia “is a possibility” for Torres, though he doesn’t specify whether that is in reference to Japan or Korea. Regardless, either could present Torres with more earning potential than a minor league deal with an MLB club.
Torres, 33, has spent the past three seasons with the Mets and been a largely effective reliever, though he did struggle in 2015. After recording a 3.24 ERA with 8.4 K/9, 2.7 BB/9 and a ground-ball rate of about 45 percent from 2013-14, Torres saw his ERA balloon to 4.68 in 2015. Despite the increase in ERA, Torres’ control remained solid (2.8 BB/9), his velocity actually increased by almost a full mile per hour (from 91.8 in 2014 to 92.5 in 2015) and his ground-ball rate of 48.3 percent was a career-best. FIP, in fact, felt that Torres’ 2015 season was actually superior to his 2014 work, while other metrics like xFIP and SIERA felt there was only a marginal drop-off in his skill set. All told, Torres totaled 57 2/3 innings for the Mets last season — a number that was somewhat limited by a calf strain late in the season.
Torres had agreed to a one-year, $1.05MM salary with the Mets to avoid arbitration. However, because arbitration salaries aren’t fully guaranteed, the team can cut ties with him for $175K. He’ll join a free-agent market that has been largely picked clean but still features some recognizable right-handed names — including Tyler Clippard, Tommy Hunter and Matt Belisle — and be free to sign with any team for any amount.
Mets can offer him a split deal and make a 1.1 million dollar offer if he makes the team.
I’d welcome the above deal as a met fan
Wonder who are still in on Clippard. He’s racked up a bunch of innings and teams may not want to commit long term but he’s still a great reliever isn’t he?
No, wouldn’t say great anymore. Decent, serviceable. As you say lot of mileage though, so could go south anytime.
It’s really surprising to me that no one claimed him.